Friday, February 26, 2010

a few sketches

Nothing terribly surprising here, give me a pencil and you get a cat eventually.

Or some kind of a flower thing

Or sort of sci fi towers.

It's what happens.

I don't know what else to say about it!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Just a sample

Over the next couple weeks I'll be finishing up quite a lot of illustrations for a project of illustrating a children's book about angels. There will be 10 canvases I'm painting for the inside (not counting the cover, back, etc.) and each canvas has two sides, so there are 20 individual images. I'm done with three canvases now and hope to complete three more by March 1 so I will be almost done for our March 15 deadline. They are fun to do, with similar color palettes and themes -- it's really quite a wonderful idea! It wasn't my idea, but I am happy to be illustrating it. :)

This is why I haven't had a chance to post other new art lately, because I've been very involved with this, but I have other stuff brewing as well...and with winter on the way out, the great outdoors beckon soon!...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A change of pace

I usually just do colorful things but I do have a long history of doodling in notebooks to fall back on when I don't want to make a big colorful mess. I'm trying to do more of this in between other projects. Above is with a soft, thick sort of pencil lead. Cheap ones, of course. Lots of smudges.

I like things that are hiding or veiled, and this started out as a batwing kind of thing like the one in the background on the top sketch. I could do these all day. When I don't have colors, I tend to go with line weirdness and textures, since they kind of seem like colors to me. Certain types of shading or cross hatching...sort of look like colors to me...sort of a synaesthesia thing I guess.
This one is the crowd pleaser. A bird or a butterfly or a fish or a peacock. Aren't we all of those things sometimes?